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May 5, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

The President's Inbox (TPI) has produced more than two hundred episodes since it debuted in November 2016. The topics covered have ranged from Afghanistan to China to human rights to Russia to the ro…

Resolute desk

April 27, 2021

Asia
“Difficult Choices: Taiwan’s Quest for Security and the Good Life”: A Review

Taiwan will need to make painful tradeoffs to ensure its continued security, Richard Bush argues in a new book.

Nan Shan Plaza (L) and Taiwan's landmark building Taipei 101 are pictured through the window of an airplane, in Taipei, Taiwan on August 19, 2018.

April 22, 2021

Japan
Much Ado About Taiwan

When Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga came to Washington last week to meet with President Joe Biden, there were great expectations that some sort of agreement was to be announced on Taiwan.  Th…

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks as he holds a joint news conference with Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 16, 2021.

April 21, 2021

Chad
Deby's Death Heightens Uncertainty in Chad, West Africa

Chad strongman Idriss Deby's death on April 20, allegedly in combat with rebel forces that had crossed over from Libya, is bad news for the immediate struggle against jihadi radicalism in Nigeria, Niger, and Cameroon. The news is also unwelcome for France and the United States.

A picture of recently deceased Chadian President Idriss Deby, sitting in front of a soldier wearing military fatigues.

April 6, 2021

Iran Nuclear Agreement
Will the JCPOA Negotiations Abandon American Hostages in Iran?

Lifting sanctions without gaining freedom for American hostages--again.

April 5, 2021

Global Governance
A Concert of Powers Is an Idea Whose Time Has Come—and Gone

A global concert of major powers has undeniable attraction as a potential deus ex machina in our age of global turbulence. But its elegant simplicity is a mirage.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan sit at a table in a hotel conference room, facing Yang Jiechi, director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office, and Wang Yi, China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister, with U.S. and Chinese flags in the background, at the opening session of US-China talks at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska.

March 25, 2021

Human Trafficking
Collaborating to Break the Cycle of Modern Slavery

This article was authored by Richard Samans, director of research at the International Labor Organization and chairman of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board. He served previously as managing dire…

A coffee farmworker is shown during a state inspection to detect potential cases of modern slavery in Campos Altos, Brazil.

March 22, 2021

Americas
More Than a Few Good Women: Improving Hemispheric Security by Advancing Gender Inclusivity in Military and Police

Latin America and the Caribbean remains the most violent region in the world. Overwhelmed police and military forces stand to improve their effectiveness and accountability by unleashing a secret wea…

A female solider with face paint and a red scarf marches while carrying a gun.

February 15, 2021

United States
TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day. It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-five men—and they have all been men—who have been president on Presidents’ Day with the following essay, which has been revised …

White House

February 8, 2021

Economics
Farewell

I am stepping down from my position at the Council of Foreign Relations to take a new job. That, among other things, means that I will not be blogging here for the foreseeable future. I am enormou…